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Megan Jacob

Sr. Assoc Dean


Professor of Veterinary Microbiology

Director of College Support and External Relations

Population Health & Pathobiology

Patterson Hall 110


Dr. Megan Jacob is a Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Director of College Support and External Relations at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She came to Raleigh after completing her undergraduate education in microbiology at the University of Wyoming and her MS, PhD and post-doctoral work in veterinary pathobiology at Kansas State University. Her graduate and post-doctoral research programs were focused on the epidemiology and ecology of foodborne pathogens, specifically E. coli O157 and Salmonella in feedlot cattle. Megan’s continued research interests are in pre-harvest food safety and transmission dynamics of pathogenic bacteria, specifically at publicly attended livestock interactions. She has also developed a research program in veterinary diagnostic microbiology focused on monitoring antimicrobial resistant organisms in animal populations. She aims to improve the laboratory diagnostic experience for veterinary clinicians and is engaged with projects to expand diagnostic opportunities throughout the US and globally.


American Society of Microbiology
International Association for Food Protection
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians


BS Microbiology University of Wyoming 2005

MS Veterinary Pathobiology Kansas State University 2007

PhD Veterinary Pathobiology Kansas State University 2010

Area(s) of Expertise

Antimicrobial Resistance
E. coli transmission and ecology
Bacteriology diagnostics


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